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I'm surprised we haven't seen more WW1 movies the last few years since we have been having 100 year anniversaries since 1914.

With our country's 250th birthday coming up, I hope to see some Revolutionary War and Founding Fathers movies.

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3 minutes ago, BornOrange said:

I'm surprised we haven't seen more WW1 movies the last few years since we have been having 100 year anniversaries since 1914.

With our country's 250th birthday coming up, I hope to see some Revolutionary War and Founding Fathers movies.

You’ll get more Fast and Furious Hobbs & Shaw movies whether you like it or not 

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10 minutes ago, Pig Bellmont said:

You’ll get more Fast and Furious Hobbs & Shaw movies whether you like it or not 

 

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Seems like a questionable premise for a WWI movie.  Most battles were massacres and 1,600 more dead was a drop in the bucket.  Also, there were telephones, motor cycles, airplanes and carrier pigeons.  But a dude running with the message was clearly the best option.

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Saving Private Ryan had a questionable premise.  Blackhawk Down had several major changes to the actual TRUE story.  If the movie is a good movie in the spirit of the way, I'll allow it.

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It's World War I.  I'm in.

Bonus: Sam Mendes and Benedict Cumberbatch

Edit: Holy shit: Some of the major scenes were done in one shot.  Will look amazing.

Edited by atomheartbevo

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2 hours ago, atomheartbevo said:

It's World War I.  I'm in.

Bonus: Sam Mendes and Benedict Cumberbatch

Edit: Holy shit: Some of the major scenes were done in one shot.  Will look amazing.

This

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I'm all in until the zombies, vampires or superheroes/supervillains show up.

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I'm excited that Sam Mendes is no longer being wasted on the bond series 

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Holy Shit.   Holy Sheeit.

Some of you probably remember how Russian Ark was filmed in one single 96-minute take?  The entire movie, just one take.   I saw it at Dobie when it came out, so I know one of you types had to have as well.

And how the Michael Keaton film, Birdman, was edited to appear as one single take?

Apparently Mendes is actually trying to make it appear as one long single take.  The summary is "Two British soldiers experience one harrowing day while fighting in World War I"

Indiewire is reporting just one long shot, ala Russian Ark, but other sites are reporting more like Birdman.

 

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4 hours ago, BornOrange said:

I'm surprised we haven't seen more WW1 movies the last few years since we have been having 100 year anniversaries since 1914.

With our country's 250th birthday coming up, I hope to see some Revolutionary War and Founding Fathers movies.

Yeah, especially with the popularity of stuff like the Blueprint for Armageddon podcasts.

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Cumberbatch is the best actor working today.  If they can make a bear-rape movie to finally get Leo his, they can simply use the brilliance of whatever this guy does to get his.  Until he wins that Oscar, it's all a sham.

I would watch Cumberbatch doing a crossword puzzle and pay $15 to do it.  To say I'm in can't even be measured as to its underwhelmingness.

Edit: joke's on me - I did watch him do a crossword puzzle (Imitation Game!) but didn't pay $15.  Anyway, yes, yes, yes, got damn yes I'm in.

Edited by phdhorn

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Yes.  He is.

That's like, my opinion, man. But it's pretty correct.

Edited by phdhorn

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4 hours ago, kevwun said:

Seems like a questionable premise for a WWI movie.  Most battles were massacres and 1,600 more dead was a drop in the bucket.  Also, there were telephones, motor cycles, airplanes and carrier pigeons.  But a dude running with the message was clearly the best option.

Do you even Gallipoli, bro?

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I'll take any kind of WWI I can get.

 

And while WWI battles were indeed massacres, they also lasted months.  1600 in a single engagement was a sizeable loss even by WWI standards.

Edited by TwiceHorn

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Trench warfare was such a horrible idea.  But I suppose it was an improvement on standing in ranks and squares and blasting at each other across a field.

They Shall Not Grow Old and a documentary on Gallipoli (it actually got worse once they moved off the beachhead) served as graphic reminders of how hideous it was.  With all the bombardment, they couldn't keep telegraph/telephone lines intact; roads and paths were impassable to all vehicle traffic and damn near to human traffic; and everything was mashed up with corpses and parts-horses and humans.

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Trench warfare was such a horrible idea.  But I suppose it was an improvement on standing in ranks and squares and blasting at each other across a field.
They Shall Not Grow Old and a documentary on Gallipoli (it actually got worse once they moved off the beachhead) served as graphic reminders of how hideous it was.  With all the bombardment, they couldn't keep telegraph/telephone lines intact; roads and paths were impassable to all vehicle traffic and damn near to human traffic; and everything was mashed up with corpses and parts-horses and humans.


I read those last few sentences in the voice of Dan Carlin

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On 8/1/2019 at 4:16 PM, phdhorn said:

Cumberbatch is the best actor working today. 

 

On 8/1/2019 at 5:21 PM, futureman said:

he is?

 

Probably.  He's great in Sherlock, he was great in Imitation Game, Khan in ST, a really good supporting role in Black Mass, and plenty of other movies.  And he's done a ton of Shakespeare, including Hamlet.  The guy's really impressive.  I'll see anything he's in.

Edited by TexArcher

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11 hours ago, TwiceHorn said:

Trench warfare was such a horrible idea.  But I suppose it was an improvement on standing in ranks and squares and blasting at each other across a field.

They Shall Not Grow Old and a documentary on Gallipoli (it actually got worse once they moved off the beachhead) served as graphic reminders of how hideous it was.  With all the bombardment, they couldn't keep telegraph/telephone lines intact; roads and paths were impassable to all vehicle traffic and damn near to human traffic; and everything was mashed up with corpses and parts-horses and humans.

Link to Gallipoli doc?

 

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On 8/1/2019 at 1:30 PM, kevwun said:

Seems like a questionable premise for a WWI movie.  Most battles were massacres and 1,600 more dead was a drop in the bucket.  Also, there were telephones, motor cycles, airplanes and carrier pigeons.  But a dude running with the message was clearly the best option.

Saw it as a preview to joker. In but your post was the first thing I thought of. Didn’t literally tens of thousands die in one day a couple times in ww1? That and all those other msging systems had to be easier but I’m hoping they address both aspects early on in the movie. 

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On 12/1/2019 at 8:37 PM, MillerEP said:

So in for this, early reviews are great, and from what I've heard is masterfully shot.

the complaint is that it focuses too much on the shot, its deakins revenant

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Agreed. I see no distinction between any of the characters he has played.
 

If you don’t like him in Sherlock you should move on to another topic

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